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another visit i had made years before with nelson mandela showing me his prison cell on robin island. these two political prisoners were celebrated -- separated by great distancess but they were both marked by uncommon grace, generosity of spirit, and unshakable will. they both understood something that i think we all have to grasp. the day they walked out of prison, the data house arrest was ended it was not the end of the struggle. it was the beginning of the new phase, overcoming the past, healing a wounded country, building a democracy would require moving from icon to politicians. in a time when politics and politicians are sometimes the object of criticism and even distain, it is well for us to remember people fight and die for the right to exercise politics, to be part of a democracy, to make decisions peacefully without resorting to the gun. that work of building democracy never ends, not here in the seat of the oldest democracy in world war in a country like burma and its new capital where the speaker of the lower house where suu kyi now serves says to me help us learn how t
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